Thursday, January 26, 2006

Thursday Open Thread


Reading the Progressive blogs is depressing today. There's a lot of anger over Dems not filibustering Alito. Supposedly there are eight (8) Dems who won't support it. The Repubs know that they're going to win this one and they're getting a bit arrogant. Look at this from (out of Houston..the on-line version of the Houston Chronicle

Just hours after Senate debate opened on his nomination to the Supreme Court, Alito posed for photographs and congratulations with Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and other senior GOP senators. Although a Senate confirmation vote is not expected until Friday at the earliest, the group acted as if the result was not in doubt. Alito, an appellate judge for the past 15 years, thanked "all of the senators who supported me and were kind enough to meet with me."

Meanwhile, the White House renominated Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. President Bush nominated Kavanaugh, the White House staff secretary, in July 2003, but he fell victim to intense battles between Senate Democrats and Republicans over numerous judicial appointments. A May 2005 bipartisan pact averted a showdown over judicial filibusters and enabled some contested nominees to win confirmation. But it left Kavanaugh in limbo.

News out of Wisconsin is that the State Senate successfully voted to override Governor Doyle's Veto of the Concealed Carry Law . Our own Julie Lassa voted to of four (?) Democratic Sentators to join the Repubs.
(Julie, I love you dearly, but I think you're wrong, wrong, wrong on this one.)

Don't forget the DRAIN THE SWAMP VIGIL in Wisconsin Rapids on the 31st. I'm going to drive down. Anybody from Marshfield or Pittsville or points between who needs a ride give me a call.

Oh, yes, Thank You Dave Wille for getting the blog address emailed out to everybody.


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